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Episodes: September, 2011

September 30, 2011

The Ross Brothers

Andrew and Winston Ross are two brothers living very different lives in Eugene. One is a successful journalist; the other has been homeless since he was 18.

Supreme Court Docket

The next SCOTUS term starts October 3rd. We'll get a preview of some of the most interesting cases.

September 29, 2011

Weekend Look-Ahead 9/29

The sun will be out this weekend. What are you planning to do?

Wolf Update

Wolves are back in the news because of livestock deaths and a controversial kill order on the alpha male for one of Oregon's three wolf packs.

Americans Elect

A new group gathering signatures in Oregon wants to change the way elections work nationwide. Would you participate in an Internet convention to choose a presidential nominee?

September 28, 2011

From Unemployed to Self-Employed

President Obama's jobs act includes a way for unemployed workers to start up new businesses which is modeled after an Oregon program.

Should All Midwives Be Licensed?

Should it be mandatory for all midwives in Oregon to be licensed in order to practice? The question is dividing the midwifery community — we want to know what you think. What's your experience?

September 27, 2011

Famine in the Horn of Africa

International relief agencies are in the region assisting with food and medical needs. What's the latest on the crisis?

Record Enrollment for International Students

International student enrollment numbers are hitting record highs at Oregon's public universities. What does this mean for local students?

Checking in with the Teachers Union

Last week President Obama announced that states will have the option to opt out of No Child Left Behind, as long as they meet certain standards. What's the state teachers union reaction?

September 26, 2011

Environmental Update

Earthfix Editor, David Steves, talks about the removal of two dams in Washington and future dam removals in the Northwest. 

Oregon's Education Future

The Obama Administration announced last week that states can opt out of No Child Left Behind if they meet certain requirements. What's Oregon's plan?

Two Conversations with Gary Haugen

OPB News reporter, Kristian Foden Vencil, worked for months to gain access to and interview convicted murderer and Death Row inmate, Gary Haugen. 

September 23, 2011

Bike Building at Oregon Manifest

Bike builders from all over the country are competing in Portland to build the ultimate modern utility bike.

Patrick deWitt and "The Sisters Brothers"

Local author Patrick deWitt has been short-listed for Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize. We'll talk to him about his craft.

September 22, 2011

Weekend Look-Ahead 9/22

What are you up to this weekend? Going to see Kris Kristofferson? Heading out for a bike ride? Or staying at home to think about your Netflix account?

St. Paul's Successful Hip-Hop School

In the wake of the collapse of Portland's REAL Prep hip-hop charter school, we look at a school that made the idea work in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The New Poverty

What's it like to be an Oregonian living in poverty in the 21st century?

September 21, 2011

Roller Derby

The Bridgetown Brawl takes place this weekend — a perfect excuse for us to explore the sport of roller derby. Do you play?

Health Engagement Model Controversy

State workers are encouraged to sign up for a Health Engagement Model (HEM) as part of their new health insurance plan — but some union members have strong objections to it.

September 20, 2011

What happened to REAL Prep?

This month, the plug was pulled on a charter school expected to open in Portland on September 12. The school was called REAL Prep Charter Academy, and was focused on educating students through the recording arts and entertainment industry. The last-minute closure has left people wondering: what happened?

Non-Communicable Diseases in Developing Countries

The rise of non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart disease in developing countries has prompted a meeting of United Nations leaders to discuss what should be done to curb the growth.

The End of Don't Ask Don't Tell

Even though some GOP lawmakers tried to delay it, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell will take effect today. What does this mean for you?

September 19, 2011

After All The Hours

What did we learn from Mike Daisey's 24-hour monologue?

Conservation and Commercial Fishing

The Nature Conservancy has gotten into the commercial fishing game in recent months. We'll get an update on what their new "risk pool" program means for west coast fishermen.

Housing Update

Home foreclosure filings are on the decline in some parts of the state, but where is the housing market headed now? 

September 16, 2011

Mike Daisey's Marathon Monologue

Mike Daisey is going to do perform a twenty-four hour monologue at this year's Time-Based Art Festival. Or at least he's going to try.

Generational Politics

What are the benefits of forming advocacy groups based on age?

September 15, 2011

Weekend Look-Ahead

Summer's coming to a close, and so is the TBA festival.  What can you do with your weekend in the city or the wilderness to make the most of it?

Origins of Disease

An international conference on the developmental origins of disease will be held in Portland this year. The founder of the research field, David Barker, is on the faculty at OHSU. He'll talk to us about his work.

September 14, 2011

Talking Business

Rob Smith, editor of the Portland Business Journal, returns for our regular business chat. We'll discuss how much local government employees earn and how layoffs at Bank of America will affect Oregon.

Faith Healing

A couple who belongs to the controversial Followers of Christ church in Oregon City will face trial this week for the death of their infant son.

Police DUIIs

An increasing number of Portland-area police officers are being arrested for DUIIs.  Is this a sign that police drinking problems are getting worse, or that law enforcement is no longer turning a blind eye to policing its own officers?

September 13, 2011

Whoop Dee Doo

Our coverage of PICA's TBA Festival continues with an exploration of the group Whoop Dee Doo.

Environmental Update

We'll get an environmental update from OPB's Ecotrope blogger, Cassandra Profita about the future of sustainable energy sources in Oregon. 

Oregon Troops Come Home

An Oregon National Guard unit returns this month from a one year tour of duty in Iraq. What is it like for them to come back to civilian life?

September 12, 2011

Fair Housing Followup

What are the prospects for enforcing fair housing in Portland?

Greg Walden

Following our Summer Recess series we speak with Republican Representative Greg Walden. What do you want to ask him?

September 9, 2011

Ten Tiny Dances

How did shrinking a stage down to 4X4 inspire nine years of innovative dance at a festival dedicated to performance art?

Fighting Over Grain

Why is a longshoremen's union trying to block grain shipments to the Port of Longview?

Reactions to Obama's Job Plan

President Barack Obama rolled out a new job plan Thursday. How will this affect you?

September 8, 2011

Ten Years After 9/11

How has your perception of the world changed since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001?

September 7, 2011

Dollar Lake Forest Fire

The Dollar Lake forest fire, now burning on the north slope of Mt. Hood, has grown to 4,480 acres. How are containment efforts going?

On The Job: In Schools

We kick off a new series where people tell their personal stories about what it's like to work in their jobs.

Money Problems in Oakridge

How did the city of Oakridge come to have a $420,000 budget gap?

September 6, 2011

Musicfest Northwest

Musicfest NW is in its 11th year. Are you a regular? What shows are on your radar?

The New American Tradition

Journalist Christian DeBenedetti traveled all over the country exploring the nation's growing craft beer movement. We'll hear what he discovered and why America may be the best place in the world for a cold pint. 

The Death of Jeanette Maples

A new lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Human Services alleges the agency should have prevented the death of 15-year-old Jeanette Maples.

September 5, 2011

Recess Conversations: Highlights

We'll listen back to excerpts of our series talking to members of the Northwest congressional delegation during the August recess.

September 2, 2011

Rebroadcast: 'The Oregon Experiment'

If you missed our conversation with the author of The Oregon Experiment, here's your chance to hear it again!

September 1, 2011

Rebroadcast: Troubled Teens

A whole industry has developed to help troubled teens. In this rebroacast, you'll hear about some of those in the business — from transport companies to consultants.

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